Green Scenery, a local non-governmental organization has trained about 35 teachers on peace building in 15 Schools in Bo.
According to the director of green scenery, Joe Rahall, the teachers who have been trained will in turn act as trainers in training about 600 school children in the campaign against violence in Schools. He stated that they were preparing the teachers in peace building purposely for the local council elections where the school children will be prepared to deal with school and community based programs, adding that for the upcoming local elections they have put together about 1,000 children who will be involved against violence in elections in Bo, Kenema and Makeni He disclosed that the training was facilitated by green scenery and funded by the institute of foreign cultural relations, Germany. Explaining why green scenery took the initiative, Mr Rahall said it was after the conflict in 2002 and after the first inter-secondary school competition where children got themselves in to brutal violence which led to the death and injuries of many. One of the trainers and facilitator, Desmond Williams said the initiative was taken against the lots of fracas in the schools for which they thought training the teachers would be necessary to make their schools peaceful. He further stated that the training will be based on peace mediation as a non violent method of transforming conflict. Morlai Conteh, one of the teachers from the Christ the Kings College (CKC) referred to the training as good moreso when it dealt with the area of peace building which helps develop the culture of co-habitation in societies and among schools. Jonathan A. Kombe who teaches at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School said with the knowledge gained in settling disputes, it will help the teachers in their various schools. Amara Ansumana from Bo commercial secondary school said the training will be utilized to the fullest in the schools.